Valley of Flower Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 07 Days

Best Season : Late June to Early September

Grade : Moderate

Max-Altitude : 4328 Mts

Total Trekking : 50 K.M

About Valley of Flowers

The beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3300 mts to 3650 mts is the paradise of nature lovers. Starting from about 6 kms from Bhuindhar village it covers an area of about 87 square kms. The valley is exceptionally rich of the flowers wealth and has the largest collection of wild flowers species. The river Pushpawati flows through the verdant valley. The valley blooms with exotic flower from June, July till early September. There are about 520 species of flowering plants and the area was declared as a National Park in 1982. The animal like Himalayan black bears, musk deer's, brown bears, Bharal and rich variety of birds and butter flies are found in this national Park.

Valley of Flower Trek

Myriad of colours - purple, yellow, red, blue and white, that forms like a carpet on the valley floor during its full blossoming season, the Valley of Flowers National Park in the Garhwal Himalayan region is just like a plot plucked from one of the childhood fairy tales. Representing the bond of nature and human soul, the Valley of Flowers trek is one of the beautiful treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that receives travellers of all age from different corners of the world. The major highlight remains the blue Primula, which is the most beautiful flower of the entire Himalayan flowers and one can feast his eyes on this beautiful flower during the peak season that stretches from mid July to mid August. Further, the trek goes forward, divulging from Ghangaria to a lofty height of 4,300 meters to Hemkund Sahib, which is one of the Sikh pilgrimage sites bound within the mountains. The tranquil and crystal clear water of the lake that reflects the surrounding peaks is another major highlight on the Valley of Flowers trek.

Valley of Flower Trek

Wooing with natural colours and faith among the travellers, the Valley of Flowers Trek expunged from Govindghat, which is approximately a 22 kilometers drive from Joshimath. The trail continues along the Alaknanda River to Ghangaria with a gentle climb passing through an evergreen forest that is abundant with wide range of Himalayan trees. The trail is strategically located with eateries along the way and is frequented by Sikh pilgrims going either ways. You would not fail to notice the cleanliness of the trail in spite of being trodden by hundreds every day. Thanks to the volunteers who sweep the trail every day. From Ghangaria the trail splits in two. One route heads to Valley of Flowers and the other to Hemkund Sahib. The trek to Valley of Flowers National Park passes through different elements of nature, gurgling streams, ridges, forest and majestic sight of towering peaks at a distant. Slowly the trail leads to a small footway along the side of the valley followed by a sharp turn which allows you to discover the distinct and colourful nature hidden within the mountains. A botanist's haven, photographer's natural reel and frame and leisure escapers paradise, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a complete contrast to any other trekking destination in the Garhwal Himalayan region. One can even walk through the valley for another 5-7 more kms until one strikes at the glacier, which is visible at a distance. The stream flows all the way through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into it to experience the icy cold water.

Valley of Flowers National Park Trip Highlights

  • Famous Temples at Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath & Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib, Confluences, Crystal Clear Lake, Verdant Valley, Snow clapped Himalayan Peaks and many more.
  • Low altitude trek with cavernous gorges, spacious views, vibrant colors. Dazzling variation in scenery.
  • Snow clapped peaks, murmuring Waterfalls, lush green meadows & numerous color of wild flowers.
  • Rare glimpses of an ancient culture of local people.
  • Nights in Hotel/Guest House.

Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers

In June and July: These months one can enjoy watching waterfalls and beautiful glaciers in the valley of flowers. The big benefit of visiting in this month is that there will be very less to no rain and flowers almost start blooming.

In August and September: As snow starts melting in May and new plants starts germinating and grow up till August. One can see a lot of flowers blooming till mid August. The Best time to see maximum number of flowers is August and September one can say this is the last month for visiting valley of flower. The plants and flowers are starts drying up and put their seeds on the earth for the next season.

Where is the Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located at a height in West Himalaya. It is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora found there. It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²). This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004

How to Reach Valley of Flowers

The nearest airport is in Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 295 kilometers (183 miles) away, and the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh, 276 kilometers (171 miles) away. The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around 10-12 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Govindghat. From Govindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria. This will take between 4-6 hours. From Ghangaria, another 3½ km trek leads to the valley.

Valley of Flowers Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar - Rishikesh

In the morning transfer to Delhi railway station and take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar meet our guide and transfer to Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Joshimath (245 kms / 8-9 hrs) Altitude: 1890 mts/

Take an early breakfast and get ready for a drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. Enroute, visit Devprayag where the pious Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. Reach Joshimath in the evening and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Joshimath - Govindghat (22 kms / 1 hrs) Altitude: 1828 mts - Ghangaria (14 kms / 3-4 hrs) 3048 mts

Today, get ready for a drive to Govindghat after taking an early breakfast. Govindghat is our starting point for the trekking. From here, there is a gradual trail to Ghangaria. Arrive at Ghangaria and check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangaria (5 kms one side / 4-5 hrs) Altitude: 3352 mts – 3658 mts

After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Ghangaria -Hemkund - Ghangaria (5 kms/2-3 hrs) Altitude: 4329 mts

In the morning, we will start trekking (7 Km) to reach "HEMKUND SAHIB". One of the most prominent Sikh shrines. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangaria for overnight stay. Evening is free for rest and relaxation.

Day 06: Ghangaria - Govind Ghat - Joshimath - Rudraprayag (130 kms/5-6 hrs)

In the morning trek down to Govind Ghat and from here drive to Srinagar via Joshimath, Chamoli and Rudraprayag. On arrival check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 07: Rudraprayag - Haridwar - Delhi

In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. On the way visit Devprayag (Confluence of river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda; from here the holy Ganges start). On arrival at Haridwar transfer to railway station and board train for Delhi at 18:15 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Valley of Flowers Trek

  • Daypack (40-60 ltr)
  • Good Quality of rain proof trekking shoes
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Light wind jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Camera
  • One liter water bottles
  • Water purification/filter
  • Books
  • Lip balm
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • Sunscreen 
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medicines
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Energy bars
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Bandana/scarf

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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When to book Valley of flowers trek?

You should book Valley of flowers trekking two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

Trek in the Himalayas is a team game so we expect you to carry your own backpack and you trek in the Himalayas it's advisable that you always trek with your backpack because in case of fall backpack acts as a cushion to your spine. In special case arrangement can be made on extra payment to carry your backpack which is Rs 250 per bag per day.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 8 Kgs.

Where to meet you?

Our pick up and drop point for Valley of flowers trek is Haridwar railway station. We pick you up at around 6:00 am at the start of the trek in the Himalayas and drop you at 5:00 pm after the trek in the Himalayas.

How we run the trek?

We always have a trek leader who leads the trek from the front.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is limited to 15 trekkers per batch comprising of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Valley of flowers trek?

Valley of flowers trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 13000ft (3950m) minimum age required is 5 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Valley of flowers trek?

In the month of July & August the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and it can rain heavily which will further decrease the temperature.

How long we trek during Valley of flowers trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 8 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 7 to 10 Kms.

How monsoon affects the valley of flowers trek?

Valley of flowers trek is only happens during the month of July & August which are the full monsoon months. If road gets closed due to landslide BRO normally opens it up as soon as rain stops.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then additional charge may apply which are of hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is very helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is prime important for us and we ourselves lead our groups and do give it to third party to manage. It's absolute safe for even a single girl trekker to join our fixed departures.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, Vegetable and breakfast. At times we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink and cooking but we also have water filters, Chorine tablets just in case we require them.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan road to the trek starting point are bad in shape so vehicle with high ground clearance are advisable so we use Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller or similar for the transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take necessary action in case a rescue is required. In case of rescue all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek and we will send you the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

01 July – 07 July 2016 08 July – 14 July 2016 15 July – 21 July 2016
22 July – 26July 2016 29 July – 04 Aug 2016 05 Aug – 11 Aug 2016
12 Aug – 18 Aug 2016 19 Aug – 25 Aug 2016 26 Aug – 01 Sept 2016
02 Sept – 08 Sept 2016 09 Sept – 15 Sept 2016  

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